Panthea Pouramin is a Master’s student at McMaster University in the Global Health department. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Toronto, majoring in Human Biology. Her passion lies at the intersection of science and global health, where she is interested in how sustainable development strategies can harness medicine to ameliorate the burdens of disease, which are often treatable or preventable. Her current Masters thesis investigates sex differences in orthopaedic injury burden and treatment in low and middle income countries. She plans on becoming a clinical physician in the future working for international non-governmental organizations.
In addition to her Master’s thesis work, Panthea has conducted research in water and environmental sustainability. She recently completed a project to investigate the health implications of pharmaceuticals, which pollute drinking water and the environment. As part of this research, Panthea conducted interviews with key stakeholders, internationally recognized think tanks and experts, to understand, and evaluate policies that could be beneficial in reducing the risks associated with pharmaceutical pollution.
Panthea is working under the supervision of Dr Lisa Guppy and her work centres around understanding and evaluating the gender-health- water nexus and as they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals 3, 5 and 6. Specifically, her project focuses on understanding why women suffer disproportionately from water inequities in terms of governance, and water-related diseases, and by extension, how comprehensive the Sustainable Development Goals are in addressing these disparities.